Top 10 Male Ensemble Plays for High School

1. Of Mice and Men

A classic of American literature and stage, John Steinbeck's story makes gritty ranch hands seem like so much more than the sum of their parts. The trio of Lennie, George and Candy make a relatable group of misfits just trying to hold on to one bit of happiness. And who leaves the scene with Crooks with a dry eye?!

2. The Boys Next Door

This show is a great balance of humor and poignant, heartbreaking glimpses into real life. The energy between the boys needs to be palpable; they are connected are so many levels and it's those layers that make even the light little moments so powerful. 

3. The Voice of the Prairie

We love a good period piece and this show has it all. Romance, a sleazy salesman, flashbacks and the opportunity for dreamy music. The dynamic duo of Poppy and Davey create a great relationship through the sharp contrasts in their characters wants and growth.

4. Julius Caesar

While people have attempted to produce this show with a modern twist, I think taking a classic approach lets the Bard's work speak for itself. The core of the show's characters, Julius, Brutus, Cassius and Antony, have great depth and opportunity to show a fabulous range of acting abilities.

5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Probably one of our favorite plays ever here at Stage and Craft. Ken Kesey's story is both sickening and intriguing, making the characters fascinating. When done well, you root for the "bad guy" and hope to never run into Nurse Ratched in a dark alley. 

6. Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play

7. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

8. Leading Ladies

A loud, bawdy comedy that has pleased crowds for years. This one requires a well-oiled machine of two front men, along with their secondary counterparts. Comedic delivery are vital to the success of this show. 

9. Our Country's Good

A couple years ago, we saw a performance of Our Country's Good at The University of Texas at Austin. It was likely one of the best productions I've ever seen, outside of Broadway. The story is heartbreaking and eye-opening. It's a great play that zeros in on the fact that we are all, at the root of it, just human. 

10. 12 Angry Men

While you can adjust the show to allow women in the jury box (12 Angry Jurors) we decided to leave the show in its original state for this list. It's a fabulous display of our judicial system that will always be timely. You need a big ensemble for this one, but with a quality group of kids, it would be incredible. 

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